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TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.15.15 

Executive Director Tony Berns of the ignite cda tells Huckleberries that state Sen. Mary Souza has accepted the invitation to attend the urban renewal board meeting Wednesday. But state Rep. Kathy Sims has a conflict with the meeting time. Souza and Sims, who have fought...

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Parting Shot -- 9.15.15 

People watch while workers dig out mud and debris, looking for survivors of a flash flood today in Hilldale, Utah. Authorities say several people have died in flash flooding that swept away vehicles in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic…

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Ehlert: GOP wannabes will channel Reagan 

Robert Ehlert, opinion editor of the Idaho Statesman, would wager a hill of jellybeans that most of the 11 to 16 Republican candidates invited to the prez debate Wednesday night in Simi Valley, Calif., will try to tie themselves to the Great Communicator, President Ronald Reagan. Any takers?

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Slice: Life doesn't always compute 

Columnist Paul Turner of The Slice and I spent time in a computer lab last week trying to learn the latest SR computer system upgrade. I think Paul was more baffled than I was. But I couldn't see my face. Now, in today's column, he writes that computers aren't adored by everyone. And provides frequently asked questions of low-tech people.

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Otter has 47% approval rating 

A new poll released this week puts Gov. Butch Otter’s job approval rating at 47 percent, with 39 percent disapproving and 9 percent with no opinion. The poll by Idaho Politics Weekly also shows overwhelming support among Idahoans for gubernatorial term limits, with 82 percent in favor.

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Facebook working on 'dislike' button 

Facebook might finally give users the ability to "dislike" things. During a question-and-answer session streamed live on Facebook on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said the company was testing alternatives to the "Like" button. Question: Is that something you'd like/dislike to see Facebook do?

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Obama: Quit coddling liberal students 

President Obama hit on a theme that's near & dear to my heart. He said that student on college campuses should be exposed to opposing viewpoints & shouldn't be coddled. There are too many of us who are afraid to listen to another position, on all bands of the political spectrum. We surround ourselves with a choir. Thoughts?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.15.15 

The daily link to HucksOnline Blog Roll links includes: Listen to Bernie/Fort Boise, Dear Apple/David Bond, Rants, Night at the library/War Bonds, Old enough to know better/Slice, An Aha! moment/Dogwalk Musings, Oh my aching everything/Simple Mind, Oktoberfest countdown: Polka power/On Tap + more ...

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Can Bernie beat Hillary? 

Riggs explains why Bernie Sanders' long-shot presidential candidacy is attractive: ""Sanders is confident in his message, and unlike so many Dems, defends his point rabidly. I happen to like Obama, but I think he is lazy with the bully pulpit. Sanders is rocking the boat by actually grabbing the gunnels and pulling." Q: Can Bernie beat Hillary?

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Should Idaho toughen seatbelt law? 

KXLY Facebook question: "In Idaho, law enforcement can't pull you over for not wearing your seat belt, unless you're under 18. Even if you are pulled over, it's only a ten dollar ticket. In Washington, you can be pulled over for not buckling up and the fine is $124 dollars. Does Idaho need tougher seat belt laws?"

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Huckleberry Patch Fantasy -- Week 1

Opening week of the Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League saw the 2 teams coached by SR staffers Greg Lee and DFO win -- and the coach of Ninja Minions get her first Fantasy Football win ever. Other opening week winners: EHoteman's Foster's Hammy & CoeurGenX's Fear the 12th Fan. Scores & next week's schedule below.

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Ybarra: 'Failure is a stepping stone' 

Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra has sent a guest opinion out to Idaho newspapers warning that as the state moves toward “mastery based education,” one of the recommendations of Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force, education will become more personalized for Idaho students, but the process may be “messy and chaotic."

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Idaho to speed up salvage timber cut 

So much Idaho endowment timber land has burned this wildfire season that state officials have altered the salvage sale process to allow clear-cuts of 100 acres or more to be OK'd faster, the AP reports. Idaho’s state Land Board voted 5-0 this morning, with no debate, to speed salvage logging on an estimated 60 to 80 million board feet of timber.

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JoLynn Yates lost 122 pounds a couple years ago. She used a fairly unconventional method, going to Tijuana, Mexico, for bariatric surgery. She knows people will judge her for that – she didn’t do it the “right” way – but said it was the best thing she’s ever done. (Colin Mulvany)

Locals share weight-loss stories 

More than a third of adults in the U.S. have a body mass index that puts them in the “obese” category. About two-thirds of adult Americans are either obese or overweight. If you’re among them, don’t give up. That’s the advice of a half-dozen local residents who’ve managed to lose a lot of weight – from 70 to more than 300 pounds.

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AM Headlines -- 9.15.15

Headlines making the news for Tuesday AM includes: Idaho Records/Press, State's fire-fighting cost: $67M/EOBoise, Growth battle brewing in north county/Press, Grizzly still in Coeur d'Alene drainage/Press, Wrong-way driver to face charges in triple fatal/Press, North Idaho children hope to help Syrian refugee/KHQ + more ...

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Idaho to pay gay vet's attorney fees 

Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved payment of $70,000 for attorney fees to Madelynn Lee Taylor, the Navy veteran who went to court to fight for the right to have her ashes interred with those of her wife at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

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Poll: We agree w/zombie actors

Most of Hucks Nation agrees with those "Z Nation" actors who said they didn't want to live in Spokane, where filming for the TV series took place. Today's Poll: Who would you like to see win the Coeur d'Alene City Council seat now held by Dan Gookin?

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Hedden challenges Gookin 18 

Barbara Hedden has announced she is running for a seat on the Coeur d'Alene City Council. Hedden is challenging incumbent Dan Gookin for council seat No. 3. She has been involved in Coeur d'Alene politics since 2009, she said in her announcement. (Question: Hedden or Gookin?)

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Argonaut: Coach doesn't walk talk 11 

In an editorial, the University of Idaho Argonaut calls out Vandal football coach Paul Petrino for not walking the talk when it comes to disciplining wayward players. The Argonaut notes that there's no evidence that Petrino held star wide receiver Dezmon Epps and other players accountable for stealing from the VandalStore on campus.

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GOP courts Idaho's Daddy Warbucks 

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial, Anthony Kuiper notes that GOPresidential candidates are coming to Idaho in an effort to coax billionaire Frank VanderSloot into contributing to their candidacy. Kuiper warns that this likely will make VanderSloot's voice louder than the average citizen's when it comes to making policy.

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.